hey mark, i think wilkin ramierez could back up CF, and he is already on the 25 man roster. so, if mclouth got moved (i dont see anyway he possibly would) or maybe schafer got moved, wilkin could back up.
Said it before, I’ll say it again – love to get Omar back. He’s also really close with Prado, so that only helps.
Fox was noting during their coverage on Saturday that the Phillies don’t have much money to play with either, so they might not be such obvious competition. Their farm system has had some hits over the last couple of years, and the guys they have brought up have not been so great. We might be a better option for teams than them.
I agree. That is something that they author touched upon in that most teams will be hesitant to take on salary and would like to get “sellers” to pick up the tab in exchange for better prospects. In that realm, Atlanta probably has an edge…
However, with over half of the teams in baseball (16) being, what I consider, effectively “in it” (i.e. withing 6 games of the lead in a division), I estimate competition with Atl will be fierce.
My “in it” includes:
Boston, NY Yankees, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago Sox, Texas, LA Angels, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Arizona.
With Milwaukee and St. Louis tied, Pittsburgh one back and Cincinnati 4 back in the NL Central, I think they will really be looking for that “one impact guy”… That has the potential to drive the price up…